Is it Just me or is school too easy? - page 2

Ok, a little history.. 1. I'm a second degree nursing student. 2. I'm 35 and male. 3. I was a teacher in a former "life". Ok, is it just me, or is this whole thing about nursing school... Read More

  1. by   tiredfeetED
    Ahhh nursing school....I still have nightmares of Careplans. I would get A's in pharm, Pathophys and anatomy. When it came to nursing careplans I wanted to pull my hair out. There should of been more pharmacokenetics and understanding labs, instead of theory. Nursing school is the first step, the real learning comes after you receive that license. I learned the most the first 2 years after coming out of school straight into the ED.
  2. by   danh3190
    I'm in my first term. So far so good, but I don't want to jinx myself!!!
  3. by   Darth Nightingale
    I think the pre requequisite were harder than Nursing School. Pharm may prove to be a challenge but it's not nearly what I thought it would be as far as difficulty. This is my second degree (my first was chemistry)

    The hard part in Nursing School is the stakes. I've quit my job, taken on loans, I have children that depend on me and a mortgage etc. If I fail I'm seriously hosed. If I don't; I'm golden. It's the level of pressure that makes it tough. There are some tests that you have to get at least an 80% sometimes better to pass. They aren't easy but they aren't hard either. If you fail the test, you fail the course and your out of nursing school. It's easy to get sucked into "test anxiety world."

    I think a lot of people confuse the stakes with the level of difficulty. Does that make sense?

    just my $0.02
  4. by   MizDnurse2b
    I find it easy as well. I LOVE the critical thinking aspect of the exams. It's more fun and a lot more exciting than regurgitating memorized material. I am an older student (36) and nursing will be a second career for me. I do prefer the analytical approach and hands-on learning! I'm loving every minute of it and making high B's and A's on all my tests!!
  5. by   doubleplay
    I know what you mean by high stakes. I am an older student and this is my last hurrah. I worked at a factory painting cars for ten years and thought there has to be more to life. The stress is working and going to school and making it to all of your son's ball games. School has been easy so far, but clinicals start in January.
  6. by   Ausculapius
    OP: I know what you mean.

    When the instructors at my college held orientation, they repeated several times that this would be the most challenging coursework we have ever faced as undergraduate students. To further drive home their point, they even recommended some further reading material on how to make it through nursing school. The gist of this material was that, again, nursing school is incredibly difficult.

    Honestly, im not sure why this is done.
  7. by   irwin
    Quote from MizDnurse2b
    I find it easy as well. I LOVE the critical thinking aspect of the exams. It's more fun and a lot more exciting than regurgitating memorized material. I am an older student (36) and nursing will be a second career for me. I do prefer the analytical approach and hands-on learning! I'm loving every minute of it and making high B's and A's on all my tests!!

    Yes I thought the same thing, I absolutely love clinicals and the patient/lab partner interaction because I really feel like I am doing something instead of sittin in class staring at my notebook. I have study skills because my first semester of college when I was undecided for a major I took two study skills courses, and then one back in highschool. Also I don't know how people can't like the critical thinking aspect of the test, it's so fun, it makes you feel like you are actually there with the patient thinking "what do i do now??" and when you get it right it's such a rush. Ok maybe I'm a lil lost in the nsg program but hell its so much fun. As for the care plans and data sheets, sometimes I feel the patient should get to see them, I often wonder what goes on in the patients head when im standin there in my nursing school costume gathering my objective data, I wonder if they know about all the research I had to do for them the night before?
    Last edit by irwin on Oct 2, '06
  8. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from richardjboro1
    Ok, a little history.. 1. I'm a second degree nursing student. 2. I'm 35 and male. 3. I was a teacher in a former "life".

    Ok, is it just me, or is this whole thing about nursing school being "hard" and "difficult" and "the hardest thing you've ever done", just a buncha folks trying to scare me? I've had first tests in every class ( taking 10 hrs, working 30 outside medical field) and they've all been high B's or low A's. In the past, I've done horribly on first tests and then had to work all semester to bring my grades up. It seems like if this is the "hard" stuff, that the rest should be pretty easy or at least not as hard as the rest. Am I totally wrong on this? Let me know!

    Thanks for reading....

    Richard
    It's great that you are not feeling it to be "hard" or "overwhelming".

    I did...but still managed to bust out mostly A's and a few B's...for me it was the time management issues.

    For the most part, lots of students face some sort of obstacle either with difficulty testing, finding correct study habits, or the demand it places on their time. Nobody is trying to scare anybody or psych anybody out.
  9. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from richardjboro1
    ...Ok, is it just me, or is this whole thing about nursing school being "hard" and "difficult" and "the hardest thing you've ever done", just a buncha folks trying to scare me? ... It seems like if this is the "hard" stuff, that the rest should be pretty easy or at least not as hard as the rest...
    Maybe its just me, but I think its just you.


  10. by   allegory
    Not hard or difficult, just tedious and busy at times. Tests I can handle all day, but when I have to write some ridiculous 15 page paper on a topic I feel no connection to I tend to procrastinate till the day before and stress out spending all day on my computer writing it.
  11. by   RNsoon!
    Quote from Darth Nightingale
    I think the pre requequisite were harder than Nursing School. Pharm may prove to be a challenge but it's not nearly what I thought it would be as far as difficulty. This is my second degree (my first was chemistry)

    The hard part in Nursing School is the stakes. I've quit my job, taken on loans, I have children that depend on me and a mortgage etc. If I fail I'm seriously hosed. If I don't; I'm golden. It's the level of pressure that makes it tough. There are some tests that you have to get at least an 80% sometimes better to pass. They aren't easy but they aren't hard either. If you fail the test, you fail the course and your out of nursing school. It's easy to get sucked into "test anxiety world."

    I think a lot of people confuse the stakes with the level of difficulty. Does that make sense?

    just my $0.02

    Good point
  12. by   CametoitlateTexan
    Quote from RebeccaJeanRN
    Maybe its just me, but I think its just you.


    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Thank you for finally stating the obvious! Fabulous!
  13. by   msmaximus
    Quote from richardjboro1
    Ok, a little history.. 1. I'm a second degree nursing student. 2. I'm 35 and male. 3. I was a teacher in a former "life".

    Ok, is it just me, or is this whole thing about nursing school being "hard" and "difficult" and "the hardest thing you've ever done", just a buncha folks trying to scare me? I've had first tests in every class ( taking 10 hrs, working 30 outside medical field) and they've all been high B's or low A's. In the past, I've done horribly on first tests and then had to work all semester to bring my grades up. It seems like if this is the "hard" stuff, that the rest should be pretty easy or at least not as hard as the rest. Am I totally wrong on this? Let me know!

    Thanks for reading....

    Richard
    Richard: not to be cheeky- just seriously wondering where you go to school? I don't think the material is super difficult, but it is not easy- the difficult aspect is the enormous amount of (somewhat unnecessary) paperwork, no? ALL of my classmates complain, I don't know any one who is breezing through it.

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